Definition of ending in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈendiNG/


1An end or final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a book or movie: the ending of the Cold War
More example sentences
  • As this is ballet, like opera, there are lots of improbable plot twists before the story concludes with a happy ending.
  • Stories don't normally end in happy endings, but mine did.
  • For Margie and her family, the rescue was a happy ending and the end of a horrible ordeal.
1.1The furthest part or point of something: a nerve ending
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  • Sound from a microphone placed near the ear is converted to weak electrical currents that activate auditory nerve endings inside the cochlea in the inner ear.
  • They share many nerve endings and chemical transmitters and, throughout life, the gut remains linked to the brain through a network of nerves and hormonal substances.
  • The epithelium consists of five or six constantly renewing cell layers and nerve endings, which account for corneal sensitivity.
1.2The final part of a word, constituting a grammatical inflection or formative element.
Example sentences
  • The structure of Old English was more like Latin in that words had various inflectional endings to indicate their grammatical function.
  • The real challenge, though, are the word endings.
  • It doesn't have separate words for articles, prepositions, or pronouns, which are indicated by altered word endings.


Old English endung 'termination, completion' (see end, -ing1).

Words that rhyme with ending

impending, microlending, uncomprehending, unoffending, unpretending

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Syllabification: end·ing

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